Pets, Cattle, Ants and a Lone Wolf

Pets, Cattle, Ants Pets vs cattle as an analogy to manage IT assets and cloud infrastructure is a decade old.  Even before this observation bacame commonplace, this is something that I’d seen first-hand.  When I came into the IT industry, I was often supporting assets named after Knights of the Round Table, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. Over the past two decades that’s changed to devices named after site locations and functions to… Read More »Pets, Cattle, Ants and a Lone Wolf

Cloud Migration Value Creation

Cloud Migration Value Creation I recently read an excellent post by Bill Hunt titled Cloudbusting.  In this article Bill outlines and challenges some of the myths of cloud computing as he sees it from his federal role.  Bill is a contributor to the 2019 Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, “Cloud Smart”, which introduced a subtle change to strategy in this sector by advocating not for a ‘cloud first’ (which is often translated as cloud only) but… Read More »Cloud Migration Value Creation

Mapping the Rationale for Hybrid and Cloud DCs

Mapping the Rationale for Hybrid and Cloud DCs It seems like where ever you look across the public cloud landscape you will find a partnership between VMware and Hyperscaler.  Far from 2020 being the year of VDI, it seems to be the year to move your VMware workloads, as VMware workloads, into a Hyperscalers cloud.  The current portfolio for public cloud providers where you can run VMware workloads is very impressive; VMware Cloud on AWS… Read More »Mapping the Rationale for Hybrid and Cloud DCs

UiPath PDF File Word Analysis

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UiPath PDF File Word Analysis I have a lot of PDF documentation to read.  I’ve been starting to work with UiPath and I wondered if I could put something together to perform a simple analysis of the frequency words are used in a document.  My thinking here is that is might help to identify trends in the document, any pattern of thinking and highlight key themes.  It turns out you absolutely can, and with the… Read More »UiPath PDF File Word Analysis

New Adventures in RPA

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New Adventures in RPA For the uninitiated RPA stands for Robotic Process Automation, or a way of making technology work in smarter ways.  To paraphrase the tag line from UiPath “Make robots so people don’t have to be robots”. “Robotic Process Automation is the technology that allows anyone today to configure computer software, or a “robot” to emulate and integrate the actions of a human interacting within digital systems to execute a business process. RPA… Read More »New Adventures in RPA

Application Ontology

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Application Ontology I’ve been thinking about the different services, policies and functions that support the delivery of applications to individual lines of business.  Many of the organisations seem to struggle with this more than anything else in moving toward cloud adoption.  As I’m often found saying “the technology can pretty much be made to do anything, the difficulty comes in first knowing what you want to do and then how you want to manage that”.… Read More »Application Ontology

The impact of gravity on the Cloud

The impact of gravity on the cloud, what am I talking about now… Gravity is defined as “the force that attracts a body towards the centre of the earth”, that can be extrapolated onwards to state “or towards any other physical body having mass”.  It’s a force that has shape everything in our universe.  Which is interesting. A topic that people take a life time investigating and exploring, but why am I writing about gravity… Read More »The impact of gravity on the Cloud

VMworld Europe 2018

VMworld Europe 2018 takes place again in the wonderful city of Barcelona.  After some intense negotiations in the Conyard household, I can confirm that I will be coming to VMworld Europe this coming November. It’s been a few years since I was able to attend (this will be my 4th overall 1 in San Francisco and 2 in Cannes) . With the rapidly changing industry, innovation in all sections of IT and growing demands from… Read More »VMworld Europe 2018


This is a migration post with a slight change of viewpoint. I’m not going to write about how to migrate a vSphere environment from the infrastructure perspective, there is lots of very good content that covers how to migrate to vSphere 6.5.

This is the first post in a series that I’m going to write about migrations from the point of view of the most important assets, the virtual machines themselves.Read More »Migrations